Magashule hits back at DA over 'flashy' cars comment

2015-12-11 20:46
Ace Magashule (File, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein – Free State Premier Ace Magashule has hit back at allegations that he is abusing his powers to secure votes for next year’s local government elections.   

The Democratic Alliance in the Free State accused Magashule on Thursday of abusing his powers after he handed over six new Mercedes-Benzes to provincial traditional leaders. 

DA member of the National Council of Provinces Roy Jankielsohn said the R3.2m spent on the cars could have assisted victims of drought. 

"During a time when the Free State suffers under the yoke of the worst drought in decades, an ever-escalating water crisis and crippling unemployment, premier Magashule opted to purchase luxury German sedans in a bid to secure rural votes for the ANC next year."

He said he was disappointed that traditional leaders in the province had abandoned their responsibilities to the people who "continue to suffer in poverty and deprivation".

However, Magashule’s spokesperson, Tiisetso Makhele, said the vehicles given to traditional leaders were to enable them to conduct their responsibilities.  

Makhele said the province was hard at work assisting drought-stricken communities – and R39m was set aside to serve as a relief fund for affected farming communities. 

"The fund has been used extensively to assist farmers in various parts of the Free State with feed, in the form of protein-based pellets, and medication for livestock that showed symptoms of sicknesses,” he said.  

“About 20 000 bags of feed have already been distributed. A further 40 000 bags are to be distributed,” said Makhele.  

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